10 Nov EVB backing Aer Lingus Hawks Volleyball team
It is such an honour to be sponsoring the Aerlingus Hawks Female Volley Ball team. We were approached by the team last year as some of the members were EVB Sport Customers and we were invited to come and see one of their matches last year. Noticing how the girls on both teams were fussing and pulling down their existing shorts (something the EVB girls were not doing) I thought about sponsoring the team for the 2017 -2018 season. This would enable the girls focus on their sport and forget and put what they were wearing out of their head.
I was blown away by the comraderie of the game. The constant support and encouragement each member gives their team mate is never more apparent in this sport. After every point (win or loose) a quick high five or team hug takes place. It reminded me of the support the team players were constantly giving each other. It reminded me of our EVB Sport Community. We strive to give support to our community at every touch point.
Not knowing much about this sport I asked President of The Aerlingus Volley Ball Club Gerry White to tell us a little about this sport.
“With its origins in America, volleyball has grown to an estimated
global participation figure of 998 million people. In 1895, William G. Morgan, an instructor at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Holyoke, Mass., decided to blend elements of basketball, baseball, tennis, and handball to create a game for his classes of businessmen which would demand less physical contact than basketball. He created the game of Volleyball. Morgan borrowed the net from tennis, and raised it 6 feet 6 Indoor and outdoor versions of the sport are played all over the world, with over 220 affiliated national federations registered to volleyball’s global governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball.
Volleyball is a team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team’s court under organized rules. It has been a part of the official program of the Summer Olympic Games since 1964.Today there are more than 46 million Americans who play volleyball. There are 800 million players worldwide who play Volleyball at least once a week.1996, 2-person beach volleyball was added to the Olympics.Beach volleyball is one the most popular Olympic sports with tickets being most sought only 2nd to athletics.
Volleyball in Ireland
30,000 school children playing volleyball in primary and secondary schools in Ireland. Spikeball a “Catch & Throw” version of Volleyball for kids is widely used in primary & secondary schools. Volleyball is a great participation sport and particularly popular with girls in school. It is great fun, anybody can play irrespective of their sporting level. Many clubs around the country & very popular in Universities
Aer Lingus Volleyball Club Founded in June 1984One of the largest club in Ireland with 5 teams in the leagues and a masters recreational group.3 men’s teams, 2 ladies teams & 1 recreational teamThe most successful club in Ireland having won over 50 National Titles (league & cup).Has organised 10 major volleyball tournaments in ALSAA including 5 World Airline Tournaments.Hosted the Special Olympics volleyball in ALSAA in June 2003.
Benefits of Volleyball
- Great participation sport
- Great for fitness, average league game last 1 hr 40mins
- Equal amount of play for players on court
- Great fun
- You can play from age 8 to 80
- You can play mixed volleyball also
- Beach volleyball now very popular and growing in Ireland.
- Very exciting sport & fantastic to watch
A very hot topic of conversation at the moment is female participation in sport and the drop out rate for teenagers. Volleyball is a sport that encourages and promotes participation at all levels. There is a place for everyone of all abilities on the court. The comraderie is evident and I wonder should our education system be looking at this sport and rolling it out in our secondary schools. We know from Netball England how successful they were at recruiting and keeping girls in the sport. Again another sport that has a place on the court for every level.
Anyway Aerlingus Hawks are up against Dalkey Devils on 25th November. We will keep you posted on their progress throughout the season.